Definition of overdrive
- going into rhetorical overdrive
He put the car into overdrive.
His acting career is in overdrive.
The reporters went into overdrive to finish their stories on time.
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: a gear in an automobile that allows it to be driven at higher speeds
: a state of great activity especially in order to achieve something
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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